Training The Brain To Lose Weight

It’s well-known that carrying extra weight is not good for your physical health. What is not discussed often enough is that overeating stems from a psychologically unhealthy state of mind. 

Weight loss, of course, is possible by eating fewer calories and engaging in more exercise. However, it is often the case that diets and exercise are short-lived. Chronic dieting can even have a negative impact on your health. 

Being overweight, in almost every case, is psychological. Eating disorders are a symptom of mental health in the same way as anxiety or depression. These types of disorders originate from negative thinking, a lack of self-worth, suppressing emotions and a poor opinion of yourself.

Although the root cause of overeating will be different for everyone, ‘comfort eating’ is often used as a coping mechanism. You then form poor eating habits that are difficult to break and subsequently put on weight. 

Training your brain to adopt healthy habits can help you lose weight. They can also be used to help you maintain healthy eating habits and regular exercise.

Learn To Destress 

Stress has a direct impact on how the body functions. When we experience stress, you go into survival mode and the brain suppresses bodily functions it deems non-essential at that moment. Your digestive system and your immune system are shut down. 

When your body is in survival mode, metabolism is slowed down so your body can restore energy. Ultimately you do not burn any fat. Stressful lifestyles are contributing to excessive weight in today’s society.

A 2018 study performed by the Mental Health Foundation in the UK revealed that 74% of the 4,619 respondents confirmed their stress levels were so high they could not cope with certain aspects of their life. 

In addition to retaining fat, when the body does come out of survival mode, people naturally turn to comfort foods – or stress eating – which is not healthy. 

De-stressing is essential for your physical and mental health. It will also enable your body to function properly and use the calories you consume in an effective way. 

Get into the habit of de-stressing everyday. Tools such as deep breathing and meditation are useful. Creative hobbies such as writing, art and even coloring books help free the mind of stressful thoughts. 

Eat Brain Food

Making an effort to lose weight does not mean you have to diet. It means you have to change your diet. Any weight loss coach will tell you to form healthy eating habits. 

Changing eating habits, on the other hand, is easier said than done if you do not have the correct mental attitude to the foods you consume. An effective method is to focus on eating “brain food”. 

Healthy foods help to alter the bacteria in your gut which has an impact on your brain function and can positively affect your moods. Foods that are rich in probiotics such as yogurt, buttermilk and avocado produce various active compounds that interact with neurochemicals produced by the brain.

In addition, add spices to your diet. Not only do they boost the flavour of meals that are otherwise bland, but spices such as cayenne pepper, ginger and turmeric have also been found to increase metabolism, enhance brain function and many other health benefits.

Observe Your Eating Habits 

Developing healthy eating habits involves improving your relationship with food. When people follow diets, they often adopt a poor relationship with food by restricting themselves to food after an inevitable binge eating episode. 

Habitual programs and repressed emotions stored in your subconscious are directly related to food cravings. When you know you are eating emotionally, ask yourself why these cravings are surfacing. 

Observing patterns of thoughts enables you to make a connection between why you binge eat or why you get certain cravings – especially after moments of stress or anxiety. 

Use mindfulness techniques enables you to understand the root cause of your eating episodes. Once you understand why you can release repressed energies and the cravings will subside. In doing so you will have more control over your eating habits. 

Author Bio Richard is a psycho-spiritual writer and energy healer. Having decoded ancient symbolism in relation to psychology and quantum physics, he is able to explain the three aspects of mind and how to transform energy using mythology, religious scripture and alchemical texts. 

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Useful Tips for Losing Weight While on a Vacation

Most of us want to relax and forget about our worries while on vacation. We simply want to enjoy a few days off work and let our minds relax a bit, and recover from all the stress and deadlines. All of us need to take a break from time to time so that we can recover adequately and prepare ourselves for new challenges that await us when we return home.

However, you should be aware that, even though your brain is taking a break while you are on vacation, it doesn’t mean that you should stop eating healthy. Your lifestyle and eating habits shouldn’t be on vacation too. You won’t be able to lose extra pounds if you don’t pay any attention to what you are eating, and what you are doing while in a foreign country. No matter if you are traveling to Canada or Europe, you shouldn’t forget about your desire to lose weight. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that your vacation will turn into a nightmare, it merely means that you should implement certain useful tips into your routine, and as a result, you will get rid of the excess weight in no time.

Eat Light

One of the best tips for successful weight loss while traveling is to eat light. You should stay away from fast, unhealthy, and fried foods as much as you can, and avoid overeating. Eating light is one of the most important things that you can do if you want to get rid of the excess weight. Also, your body will digest it easily, and you won’t have to worry about digestion issues. No matter if you are eating lunch, dinner, or snack, the key to successful weight loss is eating light.

Try Following the 3-Bite Rule

Vacations are all about indulging and making sure you have a great time. The key to having a great vacation is moderation. When eating, you should indulge every single bite. You shouldn’t overeat, but starving yourself is also not the right solution. You should eat slowly and enjoy every bite. Also, if you are tempted by foods that you should avoid, it is the best idea to follow the 3-bite rule. This rule implies that eating just three bites of anything, no matter how unhealthy it may be, won’t derail your diet. Not only you won’t ruin your diet, but you will also enjoy tasty food and feel satisfied. However, just keep in mind that you should resist the temptation of having more than three bites of fast and unhealthy food. If you think that you won’t be able to say no to these foods, you should stick to eating light meals.

Don’t Forget to Stay Hydrated

The last tip that you should follow if you want to get rid of the excess weight is to stay hydrated. No matter where you go, you should always keep a water bottle with you, especially when sightseeing. Some of the dehydration symptoms include the lack of energy, hunger, and headaches, and you can prevent all of them by having a bottle of water with you wherever you go. Something like this will not only help you stay hydrated, but it will also prevent you from reaching for unhealthy snacks, and therefore, help you lose weight.

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